Please see below the submission sent to the NZTA regarding the expressway on behalf of the Otaki to North of Levin sub-committee.
16 July 2017
Project Manager O2NL
New Zealand Transport Agency
By email: O2NL@nzta.govt.nz
Feedback on the O2NL Project and Request for Ongoing Engagement
I write as Chair of the recently formed Manakau District Community Association (MDCA) Sub-Committee on the New Zealand Transport Agency(NZTA) led Otaki to North of Levin (O2NL) Roads of National Significance project.
The MDCA represents residents and businesses in Manakau and the surrounding area.
The MDCA O2NL Sub-Committee was formed following the NZTA engagement meeting in Manakau on 2 July 2017. Its purpose is to aggregate the views of residents and businesses in the Manakau District in respect of the O2NL project. Our primary objective is to engage with NZTA, to receive updates and information from NZTA and other stakeholders, and to disseminate material to the community. Our mission is to ensure that the community is informed, that NZTA processes and decisions are robust and transparent, and to ensure that NZTA has a trusted community partner that it can utilise for the benefit of the project.
The purpose of this letter is to provide some initial feedback on the project and to request ongoing participation in the NZTA Project Reference Group (PRG).
The MDCA 02NL Sub-Committee welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback at this stage of the project. Thank you for allowing us to do this beyond the deadline set for submissions.
Unfortunately, in the brief time available between being advised of the NZTA community re-engagement and the forming of the Sub-Committee it has not been possible to adequately canvass community views, and coordinate any form of detailed or meaningful feedback that might provide benefit this stage of the project.
However, we believe it is important to emphasise on behalf of the Manakau community that our collective desire is that any decisions ultimately made in respect of roading developments in our community minimises, to the greatest extent possible, the impact on the area. This includes any impact on our community facilities, amenity and culture, as well as individual residences and businesses and farming and agriculture activities which are the backbone of the Horowhenua economy and lifestyle.
The project must consider the community’s needs beyond simply an alignment and the laying of bitumen. Our community cares about the total project package, including maximising opportunities for the area to benefit from wider roading and infrastructure developments, and identifying and securing critically important mitigations to address any adverse effects, such as noise and environmental impacts.
While the length of time taken to develop the project and the recent changes in scope are undesirable in the context of ongoing anxiety and uncertainty for our community, we believe that NZTA does need to ensure that the process is not compromised to meet tight, self-imposed, timeframes. We support NZTA taking the time to ensure appropriate project planning and design process, so that all options and the feedback up to this point are properly considered.
The project to consider roading options is important for our District, and we are very eager to see it progress through to firm proposals so that further, more targeted, feedback can be provided.
Representation on the Project Reference Group
We request representation on the NZTA PRG for the O2NL project.
We believe we can provide value to the PRG and work with other equivalent groups within the Horowhenua District to assist NZTA to better understand our local needs and the impacts of this project. The Sub-Committee is a vehicle by which NZTA can better engage with the Manakau community; we are available to receive and disseminate information and material to the community.
We look forward to an ongoing relationship with you and your team.
Chair – MDCA O2NL Sub-Committee
Midwinter Quiz Night
The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents Midwinter Quiz Night
Date: Friday 1st September 2017
Time: 7.30pm start
Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports club
Cost: $10 per person
Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team but if you don’t have 5, we can help you make up a team on the night.
Register your team by contacting:
Kimbal 362 6395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments: The Bowling club bar will be open.
Light snack food will be served throughout the evening.
The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening.
All funds raised will be used by the MDCA for projects that benefit the community.
Please enter a team and support your community.
Manakau School sung the National Anthem
Mayor Brendan Duffy
Anahira Temperton-Royal recited the Flanders Field poem
William Fogden reading a 1918 Postcard from his great-grandfather
More than 150 people attended
All the wreaths laid at the Manakau Cenotaph
The Honourable Nathan Guy
The Ratana Band led the parade